The following excerpt is from a good article on artifact preservation in the June 1, 2010 Deseret News.
The stuff of our lives — the meaningful things we surround ourselves with, find, are given, gather up, inherit — is the stuff of history.
“These things may not make big money on ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ but they can have real significance in our lives,” says historian and author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, who has long enjoyed material culture and the “seriousness of innocuous things.”
History is not what happened, it is an account of the past, based on surviving sources. If there are no sources, there is no history.”
The article goes on to explain the basic of preserving many artifacts found around the home. It’s worth reading.